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Overnight Maintenance Work 7th-8th May 2022

Motorists urged to leave more time for Humber Bridge maintenance work 

On the weekend of May 7th and 8th, we will be carrying out vital work to resurface areas of the southbound carriageway of the Humber Bridge. 

The work will begin at 6pm on Saturday, May 7th, and is planned to end around midmorning on Sunday and will be carried out using a contraflow starting at Hessle Tower and extending south to Barton anchorage. 

Although we have put a number of measures in place to ensure traffic disruption is kept to a minimum, it is likely there will still be some delays for any motorists who have to cross the bridge during these hours, especially on the Sunday morning

Therefore, we are urging motorists to allow extra time for their journey if you can’t avoid travelling at this time. 

The tag lanes will remain open for the duration of the work to minimise the impact on traffic. 

Andrew Arundel, Chief Operating Officer at the Humber Bridge, said: “The Bridge is more than 40 years old now and therefore needs to be regularly maintained to ensure it is kept in safe, working order. 

We recognise that works on the bridge cause disruption to road users and this is why we are carrying out this work at night on a weekend to minimise the impact. 

“We are also keeping the tag lanes open to ensure access to the bridge isn’t restricted. 

“But even with those measures in place, the contraflow will see traffic move more slowly across the bridge than usual, so please allow  extra time for your journey.” 

Although the work is scheduled to take place from 6pm on Saturday, May 7th, maintenance work on the Humber Bridge is weather dependent and there is a small possibility it may have to be cancelled at short notice and rearranged. 

For the latest updates on maintenance work, and all other news and announcements, check the Humber Bridge social media channels or website on a regular basis.

Humber Bridge submits application for vital maintenance work

The Humber Bridge Board has submitted an application for Listed Building Consent to East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) to carry out essential maintenance work on the bearings that support the road deck at Hessle tower.

The works are the same as those undertaken last October to the bearings at the Barton tower and are being carried out as part of a planned maintenance intervention.

Once consent has been granted by ERYC, the work is set to take place in summer 2022 and will involve a short overnight closure. The exact details of when the maintenance will take place will be confirmed closer to the time.

The timing of the closure and other road traffic management issues associated with the work will be extensively communicated through our website, social media channels, and via the media.

Andrew Arundel, Chief Operating Officer at the Humber Bridge, said the work was vital and part of our long term maintenance programme ensuring the bridge remains operational for many years to come.

He said: “The Humber Bridge is now more than 40 years old, and as a result, regular maintenance will be needed to ensure it continues to provide an effective and efficient connection between East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

“The planning application we have submitted is to replace parts of the bridge that are reaching the end of their operational life.

“We will work hard to minimise traffic disruption throughout the scheme of work.”

Humber Bridge may close on Friday, Feb 18 as winds forecast to top 80mph

There is a significant chance that the Humber Bridge will close to all traffic, pedestrians, and cyclists tomorrow (Friday, Feb 18) as the Met Office is forecasting winds in excess of 80mph.

Any closure will apply to both northbound and southbound carriageways and footpaths and will remain in place until the average wind speed falls below the 80mph threshold.

All motorists, pedestrians and cyclists that have no choice but to travel are advised to avoid the Humber Bridge in case of an emergency closure.

In the event of this happening, the Humber Bridge Board will advise when the bridge is to reopen at the earliest opportunity. For updates, check our social media channels and www.humberbridge.co.uk.

Councilor Sean Chaytor, Chair of the Humber Bridge Board, said: “The safety of Humber Bridge users and our staff is always our utmost priority and when wind speeds are consistently high, we have no choice but to consider either a partial or full closure of the bridge.

“At this point, it is impossible to say whether a closure will be needed, when it might happen, and how long it would last, but there is a significant possibility that closing the bridge either partially or
in full may occur at some point on Friday, during Storm Eunice.

“Our advice is that to avoid being caught up in any emergency closure, please avoid any unnecessary crossings while the winds remain hazardous.”

The Humber Bridge Board will work closely with the LRF and other partners to manage any closure of the bridge.

New tolling system will see the Humber Bridge go booth-free


The Humber Bridge Board is today announcing a major upgrade to the tolling system, which will significantly reduce crossing times. 

The upgrade, which will make crossings quicker and more reliable, will also spell the end of the toll booths.

The project is in the very early stages of development, but the first steps are underway with the Humber Bridge Board starting a procurement process for relevant consultants.

Although the booths will be removed, the new tolling system is likely to require more staff to work in the office, meaning the staff currently working in the booths will be offered a new role.

Councillor Sean Chaytor, who is Chair of the Humber Bridge Board, said: “The new system will have a huge, positive impact on crossing times, and with a brand new website dealing with payments, the whole experience of using the Humber Bridge will be significantly improved.”

Richard Hannigan, Deputy Chair of the Humber Bridge Board, added the upgrade would bring the north and south banks even closer together.

Cllr Hannigan, who is also Deputy Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Being able to cross the bridge more quickly further opens up the opportunity for people to live on one side of the estuary and work on the other.

“All in all, it is great news for our region.”

Andrew Arundel, Chief Operating Officer of the Humber Bridge, said the project was in the very early stages and would take time to come to fruition.

He said: “We’re aware that motorists might be concerned that work will get underway soon, causing further disruption shortly after vital maintenance work to replace bearings at the Barton end of the bridge was completed.

“This is not the case. The system is in the early design stage and work on the bridge itself is unlikely to start for some time. For the time being, disruption to motorists and other users will be kept to a minimum.”

The new system will be designed to make payment easier, offering a variety of ways to pay to ensure everyone is accommodated, including those people who prefer not to pay online.

Humber Bridge to close on October 9th for vital maintenance

This coming Saturday night – Saturday, October 9th – we will be closing the Humber Bridge completely to carry out vital maintenance work.

This weekend has been selected because the weather conditions are sufficient for the works to be completed, something which cannot be relied upon again as we move towards winter.

The bridge will close to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians, from 9pm and open again at 7am on Sunday morning.

Provisions have been made to allow emergency services vehicles to cross the bridge if required. 

The work includes changing two bearings at the Barton end of the bridge which connect the bridge deck to the towers and helps carry the weight of the bridge and traffic.

The bearings also allow the bridge to move in response to the wind and temperature. 

The work has been brought forward after we were hit by 80mph winds during Storm Ciara in February 2020. Since then, we have been carrying out inspections underneath the road deck to assess the damage caused by the storm.

This is why the cones have been in place for so long. However, within weeks of the work being completed, the cones will be removed.

We appreciate that closing the bridge at any point will cause inconvenience to some, but by choosing to do it between the hours of 9pm and 7am on a weekend, our aim is to minimise disruption as far as possible.

Therefore, we recommend rescheduling all non-essential journeys during these hours. Unfortunately, anyone making an essential journey during this time will have to go around the estuary.

Please keep an eye on our website and social media for more information. 

Humber Bridge to Close for Vital Maintenance

On a Saturday night in October, we will be closing the Humber Bridge completely to carry out vital maintenance work.

The exact date has yet to be decided and will be based on weather conditions, but as soon as we have identified the best weekend to carry out the work, we will let you know on here and on our social media channels.

The work includes changing two bearings at the Barton end of the bridge which connect the bridge deck to the towers and help carry the weight of the bridge and traffic.

The bearings also allow the bridge to move in response to the wind and temperature.

The work has been brought forward after we were hit by 80mph winds during Storm Ciara in February 2020. Since then, we have been carrying out inspections underneath the road deck to assess the damage caused by the storm.

This is why the cones have been in place for so long. However, within weeks of the work being completed, the cones will be removed.

The work will take place between 9pm and 7am to minimise disruption to motorists. It will also be closed to walkers and cyclists during these hours.

However, we will be making provision for emergency service vehicles that may need to cross the bridge during this time.

Anyone who needs to travel at that time will, unfortunately, have to go around the estuary. We would advise all non-essential journeys are rescheduled.

Please keep an eye on our website and social media for more information, including the date on which the work will take place.

Humber Bridge Statement

A spokesperson from the Humber Bridge Board said:

“We understand closing the footways has been a controversial decision that has not attracted universal support, but we would like to reassure the public that it has been taken as an emergency response to the unprecedented and deeply troubling events at the Humber Bridge over recent weeks. 

“It is no secret that there has been a spate of people – mostly young people from the local area – who have decided to end their lives at the bridge.

“Closing the footways is the most immediate and effective way to prevent further incidents of this nature, and this was our sole consideration when making the decision. 

“As well as protecting emotionally distressed individuals, the measure has been implemented to protect our staff and the public. 

“When these tragic events occur, our staff are the first responders and have to deal with some extremely distressing and traumatic situations. We have a duty to minimise their exposure to such incidents to protect their mental health and wellbeing. 

“The Humber Bridge Board currently spends a quarter of a million pounds each year on measures designed to prevent emotionally distressed individuals from ending their lives at the bridge. Until last month these measures have been largely effective. 

“However, the recent tragic events are unlike anything we have previously dealt with, and we are working closely with Public Health, local MPs, local authorities, emergency services, the Samaritans, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind and other stakeholders to fully understand them and assess the future risk. While this is ongoing, the footways must remain closed to the general public.  

“We are, however, looking at reopening access to commuters as soon as possible, to minimise disruption to those who cycle or walk to work over the Humber Bridge, and we are considering a range of measures to ensure the situation can be effectively managed once the footways fully reopen.”

Humber Bridge embraces cashless future

Many Humber Bridge users will recall that in June this year, we took the difficult decision to go cashless. 

The decision was made to protect our staff and the travelling public, as far as we possibly could, from contracting COVID-19. 

Despite being enforced upon us due to the pandemic, we’re delighted to say that Humber Bridge users have adapted to, and embraced, cashless methods of payment. 

HumberTAG applications have rocketed as people wanted to take advantage of the cheaper crossings and not having to stop at the toll booths. 

And, with payment stations being placed on the outside of the toll booths, card payments have become seamless, with minimised contact between customers and our toll booth operators. 

It is for these reasons that we have decided not to reintroduce cash payments on the Humber Bridge. 

Although this means the status quo won’t change, we will officially go cashless on January 1st, 2021. 

From that date, users will be able to pay via:

  • credit card using contactless or chip and pin
  • debit card using contactless or chip and pin
  • Google Pay
  • Samsung Pay
  • Apple Pay

Andrew Arundel, Chief Operating Officer at the Humber Bridge, said the move would continue to protect customers and staff and would also ensure the bridge remained as efficient as possible.

He said: “The feedback we have received is that with the virus still around, contactless methods of payment are the preferred option.

“Tag and contactless payments are also quicker than paying by cash and not having to process cash has made our processes more efficient. 

“So, there are benefits to both our customers and our staff from this move.” 

If you would like to save 10% on all of your crossings and use the Open Road Toll – please apply for a HumberTAG here.

Humber Bridge toll booths to reopen following government announcement but cash will not be accepted

The Humber Bridge toll booths are set to reopen on Monday, June 29th, following the recent government announcements about the ‘Lockdown Exit Plan’ and going back to work.

However, as part of the on-going measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, cash will not be accepted at the toll booths. 

Customers without a TAG can pay via the new contactless payment terminals on the outside of the booths which accept credit and debit cards, as well as Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay. 

But the best option is to apply for a TAG at www.humbertag.com and benefit from a 10 per cent discount on all crossings. 

The booths have been closed since Sunday, March 29, as part of the measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Since that date, all traffic crossing the bridge has been using the open road ‘TAG Lane’ (ORT).

But with traffic steadily increasing over recent weeks, the Humber Bridge Board has taken the decision to reopen the toll booth lanes.

Working under the government guidance on being COVID secure, the Board has carried out relevant risk assessments and implemented safety measures to ensure both toll booth operators and customers are protected. 

For more information – click here to view our FAQ’s.

All Humber Bridge users to be directed through Tag lanes to reduce the risk of COVID-19

To help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, all traffic crossing the Humber Bridge is now to be directed through the Tag lanes from this Sunday evening (29/03/2020).

The Humber Bridge Board has taken the decision to close the toll booths to protect members of staff, key workers and those travelling for essential reasons.

All other drivers should avoid non-essential travel in line with the latest Government advice. 

However, despite drivers no longer being able to pay at the toll booth, standard toll charges will remain in place. 

Motorists using the Humber Bridge who do not have a HumberTag are asked to pay online at www.humbertag.com after they have made a crossing.

Motorists will be able to make their payment online, they should allow 24 hours after crossing for their registration to be uploaded. Online payments terms have been amended and drivers will have a full 14 days to pay their toll fee.

The Tag lanes, otherwise known as the Open Road Tolling (ORT) lanes, are the two inside lanes on the run-up to the toll gantry on the north side of the bridge. 

They are free flow lanes with no toll booths designed to be used by motorists who have a HumberTag.

However, motorists without a tag can use the ORT lanes and pay later online due to number plate recognition technology. 

Doing this avoids the need to stop when crossing the bridge, removing contact between Humber Bridge staff and motorists and therefore protecting both.

Motorists are asked to drive slowly on approach to the bridge gantry and observe the signage directing them through the ORT lanes.

Cones will also be in place to direct drivers into the right lanes. 

Read our FAQ’s here for more information on how to manage your crossings.